Asamoah Gyan is ready to live his dream after becoming Sunderland's record signing. The 24-year-old became the club's most expensive acquisition for around £13m from French side Rennes on deadline day.
Gyan could make his Premier League debut at Wigan Athletic on Saturday, but while that will be a new experience for him, it will not come as a total surprise. "For me, it is the best league in the world," he said.
"It has been my dream to play here, so I am looking forward to playing my first game. Everybody watches the Premier League in Africa, it's the best league. I have followed it well and I know all about it."
Penalty talk, derby desire
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce pursued Gyan throughout the summer, and eventually got his man after seeing him excel for Ghana at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. However, his late penalty miss against Uruguay cost the Black Stars a place in the last four, and that is a memory Gyan is keen to put behind him.
He said: "Penalties? For me, I have done a good job for my country. I think 90 per cent of the penalties have been scored by me despite that miss. That's life."
Now the striker is looking forward to blooding himself in the English game, and one fixture in particular stands out.
"I didn't know a lot about Sunderland, but what I know about is the derby against Newcastle - everybody knows about that. I have watched the derby before and it's quite incredible, so I can't wait."